Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Are You Listening for His Voice?

My Sheep Listen to My Voice

We love watching our grandkids play ball. So much so that when we arrived home last night after a long week-end of travel I went straight to the ball field. There are so many parents, grandparents and other adults encouraging the kids to run, throw and hit. Sometimes it gets loud and sometimes it gets, well, let’s say interesting. As we were discussing the merits of ball play and how well the grandsons played, our 6 year old grandson told his mother that the coach said “listen for my voice. I’ll tell you what to do.” He wanted my grandson to be sure and listen, especially since he was playing pitcher. While there were lots of choices as to which base to throw the ball or which get to try to get out, the coach knew best. Blake listened to him and the game was awesome.
God wants you to know that He is always ready to coach you through life. Many, many voices will call out to you trying to get you to do this or do that. It will get confusing but if you listen for the Lord and lean in to hear His voice, He promises to guide you into all truth. He wants you to know that while other voices may have good ideas, He wants to coach you to greatness. Not as the world sees great, but the greatness of being a committed believer in Him. Christ went to the cross so that you can have full access to God, to hear His voice, and walk in wisdom and knowledge and power. The Holy Spirit is your inner Voice, showing you what is wrong, correcting your errors and moving you on to victory. 
Oh beloved, it’s been a long inning. You feel as though you’ve had three strikes and you’re about to be out. Life has thrown you curve balls, knuckle balls and you know you’ve been swinging at sliders you could not hit. It’s time to go to the dugout and let God speak to your heart. Get away from the noise of the field of life if you need to and tarry until you’ve gotten connected with the Lord again. He will never lead you to defeat. He will never curse you or lie to you or expect you to live with things that aren’t right. He will direct your path so that you can live victoriously and have complete knowledge of His will. You can trust Him – He knows exactly what happens to you, where the hit came from and how to stop you from being ruined. You are on His team and you have a wonderful life ahead because your Coach is the King of the Universe. Stop looking around, quit listening to the nay sayers or the enemy’s taunts. You are not out, you are not on the third strike – you are about to be set free to round the plates and win! Raise your arms in praise and thank the Lord as you follow His instructions and take the victory lap.
God loves you and He’s for you. That’s why you are safe to shut out all other voices and listen only to God. Your life is already a win-win situation because He is your Coach for life.
John 10:27 My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. 
Hebrews 3:15 while it is said, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.”
Psalm 85:8 I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for He speaks peace to His faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways.
Proverbs 16:9 The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

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